CANDIDATE RATINGS EXPLAINED

 
 
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5 stars

 

Champion for workers, immigrants, affordable housing, progressive revenue and middle-out economic policies – a true CAPEd crusader for the people! 

These are the potential superheroes of local government, who are on the record unequivocally standing up for the people and families our economy has left behind. They’re not afraid of a fight and won’t back down in the face of big corporate interests. These are the champions of a progressive economy that serves the economic interests of everyone in our community. 


 
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4 stars

 

Four Star – Strong in most areas of economic justice, racial equity, or affordability of housing and basic needs. 

These candidates largely understand where prosperity comes from, and are open to asking for the necessary resources to meet the scale of the issues our region faces. Additionally, they demonstrated a knowledge or understanding of the challenges our next city and county governments will face, and communicated well-thought-out plans to tackle those challenges. However, they fell short among some reviewers in one of the areas of economic justice, racial equity, or affordability of housing and basic needs.


 
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3 stars

 

Three Star – Middle of the road candidates on the areas of economic justice, racial equity, or affordability of housing and basic needs.

These are the “meh” candidates, they are either good in some of these areas but not others, or just OK across the board. Others might simply lack the depth of knowledge, demonstration of understanding, or command of the issues that our elected leaders must have to help people and our economy thrive. 


 
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2 stars

 

Two Star – Disappointing in multiple areas of economic justice, racial equity, or affordability of housing and basic needs.

These candidates might know the right talking points sometimes, but when it comes to addressing the most critical issues we face they’re likely to shy away from the challenge. These candidates have serious work to do to demonstrate their understanding of where prosperity comes from.


 
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1 star

 

One Star – Champion for the status quo that puts the interests of the powerful few over the interests of the many. Poor on economic justice, racial equity, and affordability of housing and basic needs.

These candidates are out of touch with the progressive electorate in our region. They support an economy that puts profits above people and helps the rich get richer, instead of understanding that when no-, low-, and middle-income consumers have more financial security they have more to spend more in our communities, businesses then have more customers, and we all do better.